Tucked into a green valley by the Rio Asseca. You have orange groves to one side and lovely hills to the other. Rustic cottage has a double bed +two folding beds avalable. Baby cot also available. Fully equipped eat-in kitchen. A place in the sun and in the shade.
The hamlet of Bodega is so close to the convenience of Tavira (shopping, movies, sightseeing) and yet it feels like you're a hundred miles away. By day the birds chatter. At night the frogs in the orange groves serenade and the stars shine brilliantly. Ours is the dead end of a country road with almost no traffic. We are a five minute walk away from the waterfall at Pego de Inferno and fifteen minutes to beautiful beaches. A little less to town.
This is a restored rustic stone cottage with exposed beams. You will enjoy a fully equipped eat in kitchen and just outside the door you'll find fresh culinary herbs growing. Help yourselves. Ours is a garden-in-progress and we might show up with a new plant or two!
Save space in your luggage! The house is fully furnished, including beach towels and a beach umbrella. No need to bring your own.
There are two folding single beds available as well as a portable crib/cot/playpen for a baby. (Graco). We've also just acquired a high chair, and baby bath as well.
The Algarve is famous for its golf courses and there are several in our area. You can rent boats and kayaks locally as well as bicycles. Our guests have also gone horseback riding in the hills and taken boat trips to see the natural wonders of the Ria Formosa, our inland waterway, created by barrier islands. In an hour you can be at the old Roman city of Mertola and in twenty-five minutes you can visit the ruins of a first century roman villa in the hills above Faro. Twenty minutes to the east lies the Spanish border and the delightful town of Ayamonte. The Algarve is also home to prehistoric megaliths. To the west find the old Moorish capital of Silves and at the farthest west lie the high windswept cliffs of Sagres, one of the westernmost points of Europe where the land ended , sea monsters began, and brave Portuguese sailors sailed off into the unknown to find and found an empire. And did I mention the beaches? Kilometers and kilometers of them, all beautiful and not all the same!
Private parking and private terraces and the freedom to walk around our property and help yourself to whatever fruit might be in season.
Interaction with guests
You'll have all the privacy you need. We are Karen and Alex. Karen is a transplant from the U.S. and Alex is a transplant from the Alentejo region of Portugal. Living with us also, in a nearby cottage, is a Bulgarian family who are part of our "family". We live a few steps away and are always available to you for questions or problems. Just wave hello as we pass or stop in for a chat and a glass of wine at night. We will show up to water the plants in our new garden-in-progress (unless you tell us you like doing it).
Other things to note
We have speakers of Portuguese, English,Spanish and Bulgarian in our "family". . Our German neighbors can help out for a Deutsch crisis.
Beach towels and a beach umbrella are available.
Please note that there are a few interior steps between kitchen and living room and living room and bedroom.
We prefer that our guests step outside to smoke.
Small to medium dogs are welcome provided they are not too loud. Be warned that there are a number of dogs and cats in our little hamlet. The cats in particular like to come visiting.
We appreciate your replenishing the supplies we have left there for our guests' convenience, when it is convenient for you . If you would like something special in the house for your first night, please let us know. We try to have milk, coffee and bread available for your first breakfast.
We are Karen and Alex Alho. Karen is a transplant from the U.S. and Alex is a transplant from the Alentejo region of Portugal. In a previous life we ran a Portuguese restaurant near New York City and owned an antique shop in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, not far from Washington D.C. where Karen was raised. In addition Alex has had a number of different careers in various parts of the world, among them chef, contractor and seaman. Karen is a retired ESL professor who has also worn a number of different hats over the years. We gave up snow and snow shovels eleven years ago to come to the Algarve and year round flowers. Currently Alex has a nursery featuring local and tropical plants and lots of work! Please note that in addition to the languages listed, Alex is fluent in Spanish, having spent many years in Venezuela.